By Guest Writer, Damon Adkins
Whether you have a tiny kitten pouncing around your home or a big, loving Labrador Retriever who greets you each day, your pet is a member of your family who needs to be kept safe. It's a simple reality that there are dangers in and outside of your home that your pet encounters everyday. These six tips will help you keep your furry bundle of joy safe, sound and happy for many years to come.
Pet MD suggests you begin by pet-proofing your home from the obvious dangers. For instance, the cord on your wood blinds could be a choking hazard, so install baby proofing devices to keep your pet from chewing on the cord. Also, lock up cabinets and pantry doors containing cleaning supplies so your pet doesn't have access to harmful chemicals.
Keep your pet safe by crate training it properly in its youth. Crate training will ensure that your pet has a safe and secure place to be when you are not home, and will keep them from getting into mischief around your house. This may seem cruel, but rest assured that your pet will feel comfortable and secure in their crate and will come to find it as a relaxing, happy place to be — they may even retreat there when you are home just to take a nap.
Remember that foods you find yummy might be dangerous for your pet. Reader's Digest reminds pet owners that chocolate and grapes are two lethal foods for dogs. You can keep these items in the house, but keep them in a place where your pet can't get them. Other harmful foods for pets include avocados, garlic, onions, raisins and salt.
You may not realize that common holiday plants, such as Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias, are toxic to pets, especially cats. Petside suggests keeping those plants out of the house or even better buying artificial flowers to display. Animals have a tendency to smell, lick and taste everything around them. If you have house plants, visit The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' searchable plant database to find which plants are potentially harmful for your pets.
Always make sure you hang up your purse or handbag when you come home. Chances are there are dangerous items in your purse, including pain medication, birth control, gum and sharp objects like fingernail clippers. If your pet were to ingest one of these items it would pose many health complications for them.
Avoid using mouse and rat poisons when trying to get rid of an unwanted critter in your home. While this may take care of the mouse in your house, it could also make your four-legged friend very ill. Complications can include internal bleeding or kidney failure, some of which might be lethal to your pet. If you suspect that your pet has ingested critter poison, be sure to contact an emergency veterinary hospital in your area immediately.
Make sure your pet is happy and healthy by taking the proper measures to pet proof your home. When you can have peace of mind knowing your pet is protected from potential dangers, both you and your pet will have a more enjoyable, relaxing time together.
About the Author: Damon is a social media expert and entertainment enthusiast. He studied digital journalism on the West Coast and settled in the bay area with his family.